Retired soldier named new Alberta lieutenant-governor

A retired soldier who served on 14 international peacekeeping missions will be Alberta’s new lieutenant-governor.

The new Lieutenant Governor  of Alberta

The new Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

EDMONTON — A retired soldier who served on 14 international peacekeeping missions will be Alberta’s new lieutenant-governor.

Donald Ethell joined the Canadian Army as a private in 1955 and rose through the ranks before retiring as a colonel in 1993.

At one point he was director of peacekeeping operations at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa.

During his military career he served in Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Central America and the Balkans.

Following his military retirement, Ethell worked for CARE Canada and the International Committee for the Relief of Starvation and Suffering.

Ethell, who is from Calgary, is to expected to officially replace Norman Kwong next month.